Sanabria Emilia

Anthropologist, Research Fellow, CNRS

Habilitée à diriger des recherches (HDR)

Contact: emilia.sanabria(at)

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I am an anthropologist and my research is situated at the crossroads of the anthropology of health, care and the body and Science and Technology Studies (STS). I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and from 2011 to 2018 was lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, before joining the CNRS as a full-time researcher in October 2018.

My recent publications include Plastic Bodies: Sex hormones and menstrual suppression in Brazil, published by Duke University Press in 2016. Based on an ethnography of the circulation of hormonal contraceptives, the book proposes to read the body as eminently plastic. Plastic Bodies received the Michelle Z. Rosaldo and Diana Forsythe prizes from the American Anthropological Association in 2017.

I am currently PI of a project entitled "Healing Encounters: Reinventing an indigenous medicine in the clinic and beyond". This project aims to develop a symmetrical, ethnographically grounded theory of what healing entails from the perspective of those who give, receive or evaluate healing. It studies the striking expansion and prolific reinventions of healing practices that make use of the Amazonian herbal brew ayahuasca. The unprecedented globalization of this indigenous medicine provides a unique opportunity to study healing encounters ethnographically.

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